City Officials Celebrate As Bexar Street Revitalization Project Begins to Take Shape
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Dallas Neighborhood Development Manager Cobbie Ransom outlines the progress so far along Bexar Street.|
"When she's taking on the strides, she takes them in stride," Caraway offered.
After thanking a handful of neighborhood leaders and elected officials, Davis recounted her history with Bexar Street in prepared remarks. "They've given me something to say, and I'm going to say it," Davis said. "Finding the funds to jump-start this project was my first priority" when she took her place on the council, she said.
From there, Cobbie Ransom, who heads the city's Neighborhood Investment Program, pointed out the development's progress so far -- most of all, he said, the mixed-use building at Bexar Street and Starks Avenue, where they're ready to begin leasing. "And I know councilwoman Davis wanted me to be sure and mention the retail that's going in there," he said, ticking off the four businesses that are ready to move just in as soon as they get their certificates of occupancy.
Sure enough, the brick-and-earth-tones building oozing mixed-use charm a block away already has the names of the businesses lettered on its black canvas awnings: "Owens Grill & Ice Cream," "Half Price Paints," "Everybody's Dollar Store" and "Da Nu U Barber Stylist."
|One of the new businesses ready to move in to the mixed-use building at Bexar and Starks.|
As the development moves along through its three phases, Ransom said, building will include new housing -- some built by Habitat for Humanity -- a culinary skills training center and a Dallas Police outpost with a community prosecutor.
Folks from Habitat were on hand for the ceremony, as were reps from Ecological Community Builders, the home re-use developers with that converted Dallas ISD portable Robert mentioned earlier this week. If the city signs off on their plan, there'll be five old converted portables parked in that spot as housing for adults ages 55 and up, and 30 total homes around Dallas.
|Folks take a look at the repurposed DISD portable along Bexar Street -- interior construction was still underway.|
|Golf carts offered guided tours of the blocks-long stretch of new homes and retail development.|